“Time to involve Project Based Learning in academic education” – Avinash Singh, DIYguru

Delhi : Avinash Singh is a mechanical engineer by profession but a developer by passion. A graduate from KIIT University, Avinash spent two years of his college days at SAE, building All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). He is the founder of Autosports India ; which is now recognized for Mega ATV Championship.  Avinash then moved to Delhi and co-founded DIYguru with Abhishek Tripathy & Harshil Rupani. Avinash is also an instructor at MIT REDX lab in India. He enjoys making, developing, designing machines, and winning at ping pong in his spare time.

Avinash joins us in this interview on the vision, challenges, opportunities, and roadmap ahead for the DIYguru, along with tips and insights for startups.

TD:  What was the founding vision of DIYguru, and how is it supported?

DIYguru is a Project Base Learning Platform that involves active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.  Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem.  It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. Our students take advantage of digital tools to produce high quality, collaborative products. We refocuses education on the student, not the curriculum—a shift now a days mandated by the global world particularly in China, Japan & Germany, which rewards intangible assets such as drive, passion, creativity, empathy, and resilience. These cannot be taught out of a textbook but must be activated through experience.

We have a strong community of trainers and mentors who share their skills through regular workshops, tool training, and meetups on topics like design thinking, woodworking, CAD modeling, architecture, and rapid prototyping. DIYguru is essentially bootstrapped but also has membership fees, sponsored projects and the goodwill of sponsors.

TD:  How have you helped participants move from hobbyist to maker to entrepreneur?

Students working as a team are given a “driving problem” to respond to or answer then directed to create an artifact (or artifacts) to present their gained knowledge. Artifacts may include a variety of media such as prototype, working model, writings, art, drawings, three-dimensional representations, videos, photography, or technology-based presentations.
We make sure that tools and accessories required for a project to complete is available to participants on time.

TD:  What are some ways in which large corporates and tech providers can get involved with DIYguru?

While we have had the involvements of corporate, the scope is just beginning to diversify. We conduct workshops for corporate teams and run projects on behalf of corporate. We are also supported by OEMs and tech providers in the form of sponsored equipment.

We would like to build more meaningful associations with corporates through being a bridge between their needs and the talent that is available to the community.

TD: Whom do you consider the best DIYguru world have right now?

I regard Elon Musk as my DIY Guru, he is awe – inspiring for the young generation like us. I have gone through his life history and the struggle he has done to reach the heights is truly motivating.

TD:  What are your recommendations to the startups and entrepreneurs in our audience?

Never let your fear of job security diminish your inner creativity. Be innovative think unique. Have a rationale approach.

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